A personal academic milestone!

Well, I’ve managed to graduate my first doctoral student!  I was confident in his ability to pass the dissertation defense, but I was still probably as nervous as he was.  Did I train him well enough?  Is his research sound enough?  All sorts of uncomfortable questions start to float through one’s mind before the talk.

He passed with flying colors, though!  Now my problem is figuring out how I’ll continue his line of research when he leaves…

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11 Responses to A personal academic milestone!

  1. Congratulations! I’m working on getting my own adviser her first doctoral graduate. 😛

  2. IronMonkey says:

    Bravo! It’s nice to learn that the advisor is just as concerned about his/her student’s success. I’m looking forward to become a philosophiae doctor myself in a few years *hic* hopefully.

    • IronMonkey: It’s not universal among advisors — I’ve seen some pretty horrible advisors in my academic career — but I had a really great advisor myself, which I like to think made me care…

  3. Dr. SkullStars wrote: “Now my problem is figuring out how I’ll continue his line of research when he leaves…”

    Ack! Never let a minion out of your clutches until the next is within your reach! Don’t they teach you kids anything in evil school anymore?

  4. PD wrote: “Never let a minion out of your clutches until the next is within your reach!”

    This is why I convince good friends to co-author papers with me; it takes the sting out of the transition!

  5. Blake Stacey says:

    Congratulations to you both!

    And if you ever need the co-authoring services of someone with a serious background in cosmic-ray research, you know who to ask. . . . (-:

    • Blake wrote: “And if you ever need the co-authoring services of someone with a serious background in cosmic-ray research, you know who to ask. . .”

      I probably should get a research project going with you — you’ve certainly demonstrated your reliability in promoting my failed atomic models post, for which I am incidentally grateful!

      As a reward, I would be happy to send you pdfs of Coulomb’s original French papers on his law that I recently downloaded but haven’t gotten the ambition to translate! (Or is that punishment?) 🙂

      • Seriously, send me an email if you want to see some cool papers! (I was going to send them to you anyway, but couldn’t find an address on your blog… or I was just too lazy in looking.)

  6. Blake Stacey says:

    If that’s punishment, it’s the good kind!

    (Entry #421 in the List of Things I Didn’t Expect to Say on Physics Blogs.)

  7. 刘慧娉 says:

    Good for you, I am not sure if I will ever have the honor/ability to graduate my first doctoral student(s) in the future . ..

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